Chapter 1 (Organized Labor and the management Community
-Many employees today view unions as not being only too strong but also outmoded and unwanted by workers.
-The right of workers to unionize and bargain collectively, free of employer restraint or coercion has been protected by statute since the mid-1930s
-Many unions now have been completely accepted
- The State of the unions today
- American federation of labor congress of industrial organizations- Unions representing 65 percent of the United States
1) Where Unionized workers are and are not
Concentration of unionism
-Close to 40 percent of all employees in federal state and local governments are now in ranks of unions with local government workers and almost 42 percent which is the highest unionized rate. Second on the list with just under 35 percent is protective service workers. Then around 13 percent for construction and manufacturing.
-35 percent of the nation’s blue collar workers which are primarily in nature continue to be represented by unions.
-Six states which are California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, NJ and Pennsylvania account for more than half of all union members.
-States and cities without large representation from these industries tend to show considerably lower figures. For example NC and SC less than 5 percent of the labor force belong to Unions.
- Union strength is highly concentrated in areas that are strategic to out economy.
- In 1956 the number of White Collar workers exceeded that of blue collar workers in the country for the first time in history.
Labors primary causes for concern because of the changing complexion of the U.S. workforce.
1) Inability to recruit white collar workers on any significant scale has been primarily responsible for the slippage from representing 35 percent of the labor force in 1959 and 20 percent in 1983.
Reasons: The public in recent years has been inundated with news of